Allor: Line 5, ‘No Greater than Federal’ bills too risky for Northern Michigan
State Rep. Sue Allor this week voted against two pieces of legislation she believes put the purity of Northern Michigan natural resources at risk.
Allor, of Wolverine, said she voted against Senate Bill 1197, which allows for the creation of a new authority to oversee the proposed Line 5 tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac, and House Bill 4205, which prevents state agencies from adopting rules stricter than federal benchmarks.
“I stand by the decision I made earlier this year to call for an immediate shutdown of Line 5,” Allor said. “Line 5 poses too great of a threat to our Great Lakes to allow its continued operation while Enbridge spends the next 10 years constructing a tunnel.”
Allor, who oversees the House’s natural resources budget subcommittee, expressed concerns that House Bill 4205 would hinder efforts to protect Michigan families from chemical water contamination, specifically per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
“There are serious questions as to whether the federal government’s PFAS threshold of 70 parts per trillion is low enough. Some experts believe it should be much lower,” Allor said. “This legislation could seriously hinder our ability to establish safer drinking water standards in Michigan.”
Residents may contact Allor’s Lansing office at (517) 373-0833 or SueAllor@house.mi.gov.